Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

School budget votes 2017

School budget votes 2017

Sagaponack voters also approved a one-year contract with East Hampton and Sag Harbor School Districts for instruction services for fourth through sixth grades.

The district is proposing a budget of $23,550,000 for the 2017-18 school year, up $453,813 from last year, the board learned at a workshop meeting. Each will serve another three-year term.

The new budget, which was approved by voters at the May 8 budget meeting, takes affect July 1.

"The federal budget has not been passed yet, but it's my understanding we will receive federal tax funds for the '17-'18 year", Bodamer said.

The local tax levy will increase 1.94 percent.

In addition to the budget passing, Proposition 2, which authorized the district to spend $675,000 from the technology replacement fund, was approved 1,107 to 340. Albion and Holley both had contested board of education races.

A hearing on the 2017-18 Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education budget was held at the board's May 9 meeting.

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That will partially cover the proposed $2.5 million increase in spending over the current year's budget, an increase of 4.15 percent, according to the budget book, presented by Business Manager Linda Adams. Somers residents are estimated to see a 6% tax decrease next year, while Yorktown resident's taxes will stand pat.

Taxpayers in Charleroi Area School District will likely be looking at a tax increase, although district officials Tuesday could not say exactly how large. The school board winners were Glenn Nealis and Marrk Schneider, with 207 and 293 votes.

Robin Silvis, Salvatore DeLuca, Jr. and Andrea Newman were all running for the board position, with Silvis and DeLuca being incumbents and Newman being the challenger.

Superintendent Larry Ljungberg told the Olean Times Herald that nearly all residents who voted down the budget and completed exit poll surveys complained about aspects of the capital project in the surveys. Spending would increase by 1.62 percent. The budget increases the district's tax levy by $192,753, up 1.9 percent to $10.3 million - less than the NY state property tax cap for the district. A proposition to purchase four new school buses passed 625-165. They also supported the Community Free Library in a 384 to 134 vote. The budget passed by a vote of 324-70. These cost increases represent budget growth of 1.11 percent. The average home was assessed at $318,000 and the owner of that home paid $3,765 in K-8 school taxes.

Unadilla Valley's budget and buses votes passes 206-59 and 213-51, respectively, and the thee school board seats went to Victoria Gregory, Charles Jenison and Kimberly Murray, with 185, 173 and 124 votes, respectively. School board candidates have to be chosen, and some districts are asking permission to buy new buses or establish certain funds.

Newcomer Cassie Miller-Kristel was elected to the school board, defeating incumbent Kevin Capobianco, 192-111.

Darin Moon, who challenged incumbent Linda Petersen for the seat in Zone 3, won 130 votes to Petersen's 47 votes. Health insurance costs will increase 10 percent at cost of $200,000. Voters also approved the school district's 2017 Capital Improvements Project, with 251 voting in favor and 78 voting against.

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